Today I’ll deposit my very first royalty check for my premiere novel, All Rise. Tate Publishing distributes royalty checks once each quarter. Since my book was released only three months ago, this would have been my first opportunity to receive any royalties.
I fully expected that I would NOT receive any monies for the first quarter. However, I was wonderfully surprised. Granted, it was quite small … but it’s a check! And, since I didn’t expect to receive anything at all, this is very, very encouraging. I’m excited!
As I’m writing this post, my TV is on, muted, in the background. A John Grisham book that was made into a movie, The Client, is dancing across the screen. I find this fact extremely interesting because, as an author, John Grisham is my role-model. I’ve always loved his books. I find they are not only well written with a suspenseful plot, but always contain a multitude of colorful characters as well. Additionally, John Grisham usually writes about Mississippi and Louisiana since this is the area where he grew up and practiced law.
One more characteristic of his books that I model my writing upon is that all his books are “G” rated. Mr. Grisham does not include any foul language, unnecessary violence, or explicit sexual content in his stories. I like that a lot.
My first published book, All Rise, can be given to readers of any age. Any other book I write will be held to the same strict standards. Thank you, Mr. Grisham, for setting the bar high. I’ve always admired your work and am grateful to have you as a role model.